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Newer member finally ready to say Hello!!

I joined this site back in August while I was spending the summer looking to buy my first boat, sail of course. I spent this spring, summer and fall driving up and down the east coast looking at boats I found on yacht world and craigslist and joined here to help with some of the research as I was looking. I pulled the trigger and bought a 1978 C&C 36 in November and felt is was time to finally say Hello.

The boat I bought had spent the last 2-3 years on the hard near Annapolis. At the time of purchase I know it needed some work, but nothing I didn't think I could handle. After spending about a month driving from the Philadelphia area to Annapolis to try to do some of the needed work, I realized that, like any neglected boat, she needed a lot more work then I had anticipated. During that time I also had the marina finish the work they had done for the previous owner by glassing and fairing the new keel to hull joint. I then had them launch the boat so that I could move the boat north to make the commute to work on the boat easier.

As stated above, this is the first boat I have owned, and will be the first I have sailed in a long time. My fist time sailing was back in the early 80's when at 12 or 13 I spent a summer at Admiral Farragut Academy in Toms River, NJ. A year or two later my father bought his first boat, the one I have the most experience with, a Tanzer 27 that we sailed from the Bohemia River, Kent Island and the Sassafras River. After the purchase, we spent a weekend taking a "learn to sail" course at the Annapolis Sailing School. When I turned 18 my father moved to San Diego and I was unable to sail for a long time. About 10 years ago I took a vacation to the Outer Banks and spent a day renting a Rhodes 22. I have always wanted to get back on the water, but have not been in the position to do so till now.

I still have a lot of work to do on the boat, and many things to relearn about sailing and sailboat ownership. As I am sure that I will be asking many questions in the future, I give you my past so you know where I am coming from.
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Re: Newer member finally ready to say Hello!!

Welcome, you're off to a good start already!
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Good you found Sailnet ,lots of help around here! So what's the present project?....Dale
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Hey egent,

Welcome aboard. This site is great as you have probably figured out by now. I learned a bunch of new stuff here and it all directly helped me with my boat ownership. Good luck.
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Re: Newer member finally ready to say Hello!!

Glad you're here. You'll find it's the best investment of your time you can make if you are working on your boat or want to learn more about sailing. Stay away from the politics/religion/government threads. They remind me of family reunion discussions...arguing for the sake of argument with the same cousins about the same thing over and over again year after year. And nobody is EVER persuaded by anybody else that they should change their position or views.
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Re: Newer member finally ready to say Hello!!

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Welcome, you're off to a good start already!
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Good you found Sailnet ,lots of help around here! So what's the present project?....Dale
Yes, I found the site while doing research on some of the boats I looked at. As to the current project, well lets see, there is the 8 inch by 18 inch cut in the cockpit sole from when they put the Edson wheel in, or at least when someone was working on the wheel. Then there is the fact that the wiring on the boat appears to be original. The bilge pump is wired though the panel and the wires in the bilge are so corroded that they are black when I stripped them back to replace the pump and float switch, so right now I have the pump and switch hooked to a battery with auto jumper cables. The last safety issue that I know about at the moment is that the teak grab rail on the cabin roof have been sanded down to the point that the first time I grab them, my 250 lbs is likely to break them off rather then stop myself from falling off. After all these issues, there are many minor things that need a lot of work as well.

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Hey egent,

Welcome aboard. This site is great as you have probably figured out by now. I learned a bunch of new stuff here and it all directly helped me with my boat ownership. Good luck.
Thanks for the welcome. I certainly will be needing a lot of help and guidance with all the things I am learning that this boat needs.

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Glad you're here. You'll find it's the best investment of your time you can make if you are working on your boat or want to learn more about sailing. Stay away from the politics/religion/government threads. They remind me of family reunion discussions...arguing for the sake of argument with the same cousins about the same thing over and over again year after year. And nobody is EVER persuaded by anybody else that they should change their position or views.
I am hoping to get the help I am sure to need here, as I have many things that need to be delt with before I can even begin to think about learning more about the sailing itself.

As to the topic warning, isn't that a pretty standard warning for just about any web forum, no matter what the site topic is?
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